Category Archives: Portraits

Mermaid Shoot:

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I recently was asked by a fellow photographer friend if I wanted to join in on a shoot with her. Something a bit different. My first Mermaid shoot. We had an absolute blast. Gina has long loved Ariel the Mermaid and dresses the part for Halloween, so this was something she has long been looking forward too. What fun. We met in a park and it was fun watching the looks from people passing by. Little girl’s would stop and just stare.

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Gina’s wonderful make up was done by the talented La Prima Beauty. Natalie brought to life the perfect Mermaid.
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Working that tail is a whole new way of getting around. It wasn’t always easy, but with time and patience we got things in place. The evening sun began to set and it just lit up her face.
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Our first really hot day was perfect for playing in the water.
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These Mermaid tails are something to see. It was perfect for her.
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For those interested, we will be doing another Mermaid shoot this August. Message me for details on the event. Thanks again Gina for a great shoot!

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Bunny Vault

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I recently had the pleasure of taking part in another event with Connect 4 Humanity at The Bunny Vault in downtown Columbus recently. This event was benefiting The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and The Central Ohio Diabetes Association.  An opportunity for creative artists to join together in hair and make up, designers, and photographers.
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Stacey was the first model I worked with. She could loose herself in the moment of creating such bold images. Hair Samantha Leigh, Make Up Artist- J’Hanna Appleby, wardrobe Isolda Couture.
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Maddy and I had worked together previously on the last shoot I did with Connect 4 Humanity so it was great to see her again and try out some new angles.
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She was full on retro, in this beautiful spring floral gown. Make Up Artist-Beauty By Queen, Wardrobe by Be Social Dress Boutique.
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As well, Gillian and I got another opportunity to work together. This stunning gown fit her perfectly. She got so many compliments as we walked down the street.
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Hair by Beauty By Haley Garber, Wardrobe from Be Social Dress Boutique.
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Chapell wore one of the beautiful bridal gowns. First image I shot with her was my absolute favorite.
Makeup: Samantha Leigh Dress: Trousseau Bridal Jewelry: Cultist Crafts.8
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Mia who is a make up artist with great talent did a bit of modeling for the event too. We had a bit of fun at the bar and the vault.

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A little bit more casual look, Nicole pulled it off without effort.
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It was my first time working with Haley, and a delight. A natural beauty with a beautiful smile.  Hair by Beauty By Haley Garber and Make Up Artist- Mia Zilenski
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Haley was a natural beauty, I only got to work with her for a few short minutes, but loved the images. Make Up Artist-Halli B, Hair by Haley Garber.
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Carly wanted to do a Breakfast At Tiffany’s inspired photo, I’d say she nailed it.
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Carly has this beautiful long hair that is to die for……so gorgeous. Hair by- Beauty By Haley Garber, Make Up Artist- Tatum.

This was another great shoot that served some great causes. So happy to have worked with some of these great models and hair and make up artists and designers.

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One For The Road:Destination Australia

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Our trip was coming to a close, and I wanted to get some photos of the kids together. The girl’s wanted to bring their dog’s, Harry and Alice along with them. We took a short walk in their neighborhood to an open park area full of gum tree’s. Since Ephram and Grace share the same birthday, he wanted to get her a gift and he got her this hat, so I wanted to get some photo’s of her in it.
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Grace love’s her dog’s. She would often carry them around and be giving them cuddles. She is a animal lover indeed.
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Seeing Grace and Claire in this image reminds me how quickly they will change. Both growing up so fast. They were 7 and 3 the last time we were in Australia an have changed so much. Claire and I are nearly eye to eye. It’s hard to believe our kid’s are getting to be this much older already. It makes us realize how important it is to see each other when we can cause the children are getting bigger, an we are all getting older.
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Claire is a firecracker. She has a wicked sense of humor you are drawn too, but is a sweetheart just the same. I loved watching her and Ephram playing together. They all got on so well. Claire even was very informative in sharing useful knowledge for our son’s homeschooling purposes. She makes a wonderful crepe. She loves swimming and was trying to teach Ephram how to dive.
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Grace aspires to be a model one day. Ironically enough she loves Victoria’s Secret and would love to one day be an angel for them. I told her how we live in the city where Victoria’s Secret offices are, what are the odds.  Grace also has a passion for fashion and photography. She and I spent a lot of time during our visit walking around together and taking photos of things that inspired us.  She hasn’t been to the United States yet and is eager to visit New York City especially. So much to see for this young traveler.
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The sun was going down an leaving this breath taking sunset. Wild Galah cockatoo’s flew around us. The thrill of things you don’t find in America.
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I so enjoyed our time with Grace and Claire. They both brought so much joy and laughter and great memories to our trip. We look forward to the next we see you again. Miss you both! XX

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My Aussie Family: Destination Australia Shoot

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I was so honored to photograph my pen pal Sarah of 32 years and her extended family while we were in Australia. Sarah and I have had the privilege of meeting each other a few times over the year’s, and it’s been such a joy to get to know her family as well. They are an extenion of our family and I cherish that bond between us. I would have never guessed that that first letter would go on to create a friendship that has brought on a sisterly bond. I adore her. I love the memories we have created over time. Too many memories to count.  It’s a hardship not having more time spent with her. Saying goodbye each time leaves such a hole in my heart…
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We went to Clifton Springs Jetty near their home to take some photos of the whole family together. What a great keepsake. Family is everything.
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Ian and Trish have created a beautiful family in their nearly 48 year’s of marriage. They should be proud of the son’s and daughter they have raised.
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Nigel and Naomi and their children Nathan and Charli
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Andrew and Jacqueline and their kids, Madeleine and Xavier.
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Craig and Sarah and their daughters Grace and Claire.
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I’ve had several people ask me how Sarah and I came to be. Short story is, my grandfather, as well as Sarah’s father were both members of Kiwanis. I’d had a long standing love for the country Australia and longed to have a pen pal. On a whim, my grandpa wrote in the hopes of finding me a pen pal. I’m not sure if it went directly to Ian or not, but it got back to Sarah and one day I recieved a letter stamped from Australia. I was absolutely giddy. I had no idea how that letter would change my life. Over the year’s the letters have sadly stopped, but technology has brought us the ability to talk daily if we want and even be able to do video chats, so I guess I can’t complain.
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Siblings….
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Ian and Trish have been fortunate enough to welcome their six grandchildren into the world. What a blessing watching them grow up into fine young adults.
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This beach was so nice, the backdrop was eye catching with the old rustic left over pier. They all love the water, and being so close to it made it the perfect backdrop.
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Thank you all for such a wonderful afternoon, but more for all the year’s of friendship and family you have been. We had an absolutely WONDERFUL trip back to Australia. We miss you all so much!! XX

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Destination Shoot: Australia-By The Sea…

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As mentioned in my previous blog post, Australian beaches are so beautiful and breathtaking. Better than any beach I’ve been to in the US. During our trip to Australia, I met Indigo and Tiffany about 30 minutes from where we were staying at Ballina Beach in New South Wales (NSW). Upon leaving our car and walking out to the beach, my jaw dropped when I realized we had the entire beach to ourselves. No one was there. That just blew my mind. With a little thought, I put two and two together, while people do tend to swim here and surf, it’s an area where sharks frequent. There are shark nets several yards out in the blue ocean waters doing their part to keep the sharks away. Regardless, the beauty around me was mesmerizing.

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Tiffany had this gorgeous mermaid like dress she wore. The shimmer of the colors against the rocks, the way it wrapped around her body. So fitting for our location.
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Indigo and I had been setting up this shoot for a few weeks prior to the session and I loved what they came with. The colors of their dresses, vs the earthly surroundings complimented each other so well.
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Indigo took off for a rock in the low lying water. The waves crashed up around her and yet she was in her zone. She was elegant and bold.
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Tiffany knew how to work the camera just as well. They were both such a pleasure to photograph.
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No fears, not hesitations. Living life to the fullest. Indigo has that essence about her.
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The girls changed into these gorgeous orange dresses. Orange is such a beautiful bold color and yet so rarely worn. It was absolutely stunning with the green lush around them and among the black lava like rocks.
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The wind in their hair, the smell of the ocean. The empty beach to call our own…I was savoring it for all it was worth.

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These two friends do a lot of modeling together and they make a great team. There is appreciation for each other. They get to make a lot of beautiful memories with each other.
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I kept seeing images of a medieval princess with Tiffany. I guess from art prints I’ve had in the past. But she so flawlessly brought it to life in images.
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These tree’s were so unique and so different from what we have in the states. I couldn’t resist them.
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It was interesting hearing facts about their area and learning from them. They talked about the star fish that normally can be found there on the beach, and Tiffany even taught Ephram how to tell the difference in a boy and girl crab. Life experiences best learned in person.
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The views around this beach were just simply put, heavenly. I wanted to take it home with me. I cannot imagine living so close to these kinds of beautiful spots. The clouds behind them were unreal and only added to the beauty.
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Again, thank you both so much for a fun filled afternoon, it was so great to meet you and spend time getting to know you both better. I had an absolutely amazing time and am so pleased with the images. I have so many fond memories of our trip and this will stand out as one of them for year’s to come. Hope to work with you again in the future! Thank you for a wonderful time!

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